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Ed Loutherback Purchases Hydraulic Hose Repair PIRTEK Plano South, Texas Franchise. | Ed Loutherback Purchases Hydraulic Hose Repair Franchise PIRTEK Plano South, Texas Franchise.

PLANO, Texas - Entrepreneurship comes naturally for Ed Loutherback.  Back in 1989, the Dallas, Texas native took to the ground running with his information systems degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, not in a secure, IT staff position but as an industrious, independent IT consultant.

Now 21 years later, Loutherback is still pushing himself at full throttle.  On February 1, 2010, he took over Hydraulic Hose Repair Franchise PIRTEK's company-owned location in Plano (just northwest of Dallas) as franchise owner.

"I enjoy change, so when things get stagnant, I create change in order to make new challenges for myself," says Loutherback.  "I am very excited about this new opportunity with PIRTEK, and I'm ready to get started."

He will replace his IT cap with a PIRTEK cap and lead PIRTEK Plano South, a mobile-based hose and fitting replacement business that specializes in minimizing equipment downtime by manufacturing custom hose assemblies at customer jobsites.

Wanting to delve into franchise ownership, Loutherback took a hard look at several franchises before confirming that PIRTEK best met all his requirements.

"I went into my research knowing that the franchise needed to be a business-to-business operation and offer a product or service that businesses need, not just something they want."

Since hose and fittings supply the arteries of equipment with life-sustaining fluids, they certainly are a must have in the industrial world-a factor that played big in Loutherback's decision.  "The products offered by PIRTEK fit the must-have requirement to a tee," he says.

"The fact that there was an existing location available right here in Plano also made PIRTEK a real standout."

Loutherback has a natural business and mechanical aptitude that will serve him well leading PIRTEK Plano South, as will his sales operations management experience at Dal-Tile Corporation, a manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products.
He will manage PIRTEK Plano South's seven employees, service center at 811 East Plano Parkway, and five mobile service vans that are stocked with everything needed to manufacture hose assemblies at jobsites.  On board are hydraulic, pressure washing, power steering, thermoplastic, pneumatic, and industrial hose styles; standard and metric fittings; quick release couplings; stainless steel tubing, and more.  Each van's high-capacity crimp machine has the capability to produce crimp hose assemblies from ¼-inch to 1¼-inch diameters.

Loutherback is not overly concerned about the still-slow economic climate. "The Dallas/Fort Worth area has a broad base of industries, so our economy has been more stable than in other parts of the country," he says. "A diverse product line enables PIRTEK to penetrate numerous industries here, such as construction, manufacturing, railroad, distribution, and rental equipment companies."

Rockledge, Florida-based PIRTEK USA is the world's leading service provider of ETA 1-Hour On-Site Hose Replacement.  PIRTEK offers 24-hour, seven-day service that caters to almost every facet of industry. Nearly 40 PIRTEK franchise service centers that function as home base to over 170 PIRTEK mobile service vans are operating in major metropolitan markets nationwide.

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